The simple pleasures of life are often times the most affordable. That is certainly the case in and around Quincy. Here is just a sample of free and almost free activities to enjoy while you are here on your affordable family vacation:
Explore Bucks Lake Wilderness
Discover the grinding holes at Indian Rock at Bucks Lake,
Hike or snowshoe the Pacific Crest Trail starting at Bucks Lake Summit on Bucks Lake Road.
Jump off the rocks into various creeks and rivers in the area.
Witness nature’s spectacular change of color on a fall foliage tour. (Sept -Nov. Brochure available at the Plumas Visitor’s Bureau)
Enjoy the splendor of spring wild flowers along quiet rural roadways (May – June)
Don your binoculars for birdwatching galore; Bald Eagle, Osprey, Sandhill Crane, Canadian Geese, hawks, nearly 300 bird species!
Fill a bucket with wild blackberries picked along the roadsides around town and down the Feather River Canyon.
Hook a big one during free fishing days in June and September.
Learn from experts during free interpretive tours of Plumas National Forest.
Take in the view at Forest Service Lookouts…wear your hiking boots! (Forest maps are available at the Plumas County Visitors Bureau)
Scour the ground for cool rocks, crystals and fossils at Bucks Lake.
Collect big sugar pine cones for holiday decorations
Find at least 10 giant sequoias that are planted in and around Quincy.
Camp for free at self-service sites in the forest and along creeks.
Hike endless trails and forest service roads through the forest.
Photograph old barns on a tour through Sierra, American or Indian Valleys. Many have Barn Quilts on them.
Surround yourself with history at the Plumas County Museum.
Look up your ancestors in the genealogy room at the Plumas County Museum.
Trace the route of early explorers on the Historic Beckwourth Trail
Visit the old cemeteries around Quincy… go at night if you dare!
Take the 17 block self guided Heritage Walk and see some of the town’s original buildings. The tour starts at the Plumas County Museum and a brochure is available.
Visit the four-story County Courthouse and walk up the solid marble staircase.
Enjoy the art and company of local artists at Monthly Art Walks in downtown Quincy. For more information contact Plumas County Arts Commission.
View various Galleries and attend Art Openings in downtown Quincy.
Skateboard at the skateboard park near the Plumas County Fair Grounds.
Build a snowman or a snow angel, have a snowball fight.
Slide down a snowy hillside on a sled or toboggan. There are places along Bucks Lake Road, Bucks Lake Summit and along the Cascade Trail.
Teach the little ones to fish at children’s fishing derbies.
Experience the good old days at the Plumas County Fair in August (Free Admission Day)
Walk with little ghosts and goblins at Safe Trick-or-treating in downtown.
Peruse the produce at the Farmer’s market on Thursday evening during the summer. Enjoy the live music and eat dinner on the grass.
Check out the vintage cars at the Old Fashioned Picnic in Quincy during June.
Get there early and stake out your place along Main Street for the Fair Parade in August.
During your leaf peeping tours in fall stay for the Mountain Harvest Festival, in October.
Get your pink boas and sparkling tiaras out and come downtown in late September for Girls Night Out. Local merchants have fun activities, live music…. and you might even get a peek at a “Chippendale” at the Alley Cat Cafe.
Kick off the Holiday Season downtown the first Friday of December, watch the tree lighting at the courthouse and visit local merchants open houses, wave to the driver’s in the light parade and take a horse-drawn carriage ride around the courthouse lawn.
Sing holiday carols with your friends and family during the Community Sing at the Courthouse.
Day Trips from Quincy:
The following are located within 45 minutes drive from Quincy.
Bike along the shore at Lake Almanor
Explore mountain lakes & miles of trail in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area
Cool off at Indian Falls, a short hike off Hwy 89 and 20 minutes from Quincy.
Investigate the remains of old gold rush towns near La Porte.
Travel the Ancient Trail of the Mountain Maidu, a self guided driving tour highlighting Indian legends.
Pan for gold, inspect bugs and more during Junior Ranger Programs at Plumas Eureka State Park.
Take the dog for a short, easy hike to Frazier Falls.
Take a picnic and enjoy the outdoor summer concerts in Portola.
Bundle up and watch the Historic Longboard Revival Series ski races in Johnsville. (Jan, Feb. and March)
Bring a thermos of hot chocolate and watch the sled dog races in Chester & Eastern Plumas. (Jan. and Feb.)
Relive the late 1800′s during Living History Days at Plumas Eureka State Park. (June-August)
Learn about the history of the Railway at the Railroad Days in Portola in late August.
Press apples to make fresh juice in late October at the Dawn Institute’s Apple Fest in Indian Valley.
Parts of this article were taken from the brochure available at the Plumas County Visitor’s Bureau: “100 Free Things To Do in Plumas County”. Please contact the Visitor’s Bureau for more information on these and other activites to enjoy in our beautiful area.